Conference I went to today

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  1. futuremathsprof

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    Okay, but where do you think technology comes from? Scientists, medical researchers, and engineers use many of the things you stated daily, not to mention machinists, inventors, economists, etc. Those geometry formulas, for instance, are the reason why we have the Great Pyramids and understanding of the universe that we do. Area formulas have a plethora of application in daily life and contractors use them all the time in their line of work. Massive structures could not be built without them after all.

    To further demonstrate, a friend of mine who works in water resources recently asked me to check over his pool design and it involved a ton of geometry and trigonometry. It certainly is real-life to him.

    We live in a technological world because there is mathematics constantly going on everywhere behind the scenes. Mathematics is needed to keep society and the global economy working and running on schedule. We have the internet and modern computers and military weaponry and weather forecasting and cellphones and space travel and many, many more wonderful things because of of the work of mathematicians. Why people don’t think that’s real-life I’ll never know.
     
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    How so? Our marching band students get a 1/2 credit of PE each year, so that participating in band for 4 years meets all of their PE requirements.
     
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    You didn't address my post, but that's okay.
     
  4. futuremathsprof

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    I actually did. Inverse trig functions are particularly useful in the fields of circumnavigation and air travel and in many aspects of structural engineering (e.g. in computational structural mechanics to describe large shearing forces and vibrational patterns in structural joints, etc).

    High school mathematics doesn’t touch on many of these things I’ve mentioned and I think it is premature to say that they have no use based on the contents of a high school textbook. They have to use *some* “silly” examples because it would go right over students’ heads otherwise as mathematics has become “too difficult” these days.
     
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    What's hilarious? If you don't believe marching band is athletic, you're as ignorant as they come.
     
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    Yup. Ignorance. That’s totally my hallmark as an educator. :rolleyes: Get over it. Seriously.....
     
  7. Aces

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    Well I mean.... It was an ignorant statement. If you feel that marching band isn't athletic you're ignorant of everything that goes into it. I think the ones who have called you out on that would agree that if you did know first hand and had experienced it first hand you would think otherwise.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
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    I was a color guard in high school. I’ve experienced it. Let it go.
     
  10. Aces

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    Okay so why are you in my thread being salty to start with then? Imma tell you just like I tell my students: this ain't the kitchen table. Keep your salt to yourself.
     

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